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“Colonial Class”
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Closenberg Hotel
Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 December 2013

We didnt stay at this hotel but stopped on our way through to Negumbo for lunch. Outstanding landscape with stunning views across Galle? Old fashioned inside but clean and staff very attentive - some interesting coral type features in the walls. Good range of food on menu - more international and not just a sri lakan buffet style which for me was a freshing change. Calamari/prawn cocktail to start ; seafood pasta and mushroom taglatelle leavingno room for pudding! Good size portions but service a little slow but food freshly prepared so it didnt impact much - just be aware if time is of relevance. It is a little hidden gem with promising potential if renovated

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank stocky425
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We stayed only one night but for me it was one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. It is not the fanciest but the view and the sound of the ocean and the warm atmosphere made our stay there very pleasant and memorable.

Special thanks to the General Manager/Cheff!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank jackhab
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We enjoyed the hospitality from the staff. Very warm welcome and good service. The food was very good and tasty.Outstanding landscape with truly feeling of holiday.Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank yonijasp
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

A lovely cliff top hotel with great views. The service is excellent, food is delicious and the rooms comfortable. The antique furniture in the common area with the fish tank is quite quaint and unique.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Surendra S
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We have stayed at the Closenberg a couple of times in the past 2 years, usually after a few days spent in Yala National Park. You can expect very comfortable beds with great pillows in clean and spacious rooms providing plenty of old world charm. The bathrooms are clean and well appointed too. The rooms have either a nice private verandah or balcony overlooking some very pretty cliff-top gardens and the bay; this Hotel has an idyllic raised location on a promontory overlooking the sea. One of the most memorable sunrises awaits you from your bedroom/ verandah ... if you set your alarm for 5:40 or so!

The food was reasonable if not outstanding while the staff were helpful if a bit on the formal side.

As to value for money, its fairly expensive for tourists. As with many places in Sri Lanka, tourists seem to pay many times the price that locals pay to stay here. While that may be understandable the magnitude of that difference is very considerable - more progressive establishments in the Country are not so divergent in their charging.

The final word on Closenberg - if you have money to spare definitely worth staying here to savour the colonial charm and see a stunning sunrise.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Traveldoctor777
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

What a charming hotel - the location is great - on top of a cliff and the hotel is faded grandeur!! But what it lacks in paint and chic it more than makes up for in heart and spirit!!

The Closenburg has so much potential but what it is, is a kitsch hotchpotch from a bygone age - a colonial structure with colonial fixtures and fittings to match!!! We loved it for that alone, but that may not be to everyone's taste for sure.

The staff were very helpful and attentive and the menu looked great and was quite extensive - but there were some definite communication errors which were rectified.... and with a smile, but were a little frustrating at the time!!

The rooms are a good size and were clean and the view of the ocean was lovely. It was peaceful too.

WIth some paint and a little refurbishment this could be a really great hotel, I only hope that the charm does not disappear with too much modernisation. It would be a pity.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank tintinmandi
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Situated in a very private location on a rock out crop above the sea , it is a wonderful location. A real Heritage building , maintained very well.

Reception are helpful and efficient, in fact all the staff go out of their way to be helpful and happy.

Rooms are very clean, old fashioned in a charming way, beds are comfortable , good linen. All rooms over look the bay and have an outside seating area.

Public areas really are Colonial, all antique furniture everywhere. Comfortable verhanda lounge, real dining room and the restaurant area in the fernery. A great holiday experience.

Food is fresh and well prepared. Maybe a little old fashion for some but you are staying in a Heritage Hotel.

real mixture of clientele, vistors from all over the globe and Sri Lankan's enjoying a peaceful stay. Seems pets are allowed to stay as well but check before you book.

Everything works, hot water all day. Bathrooms are basic and hotel amenities are missing but the towels are plentiful and luxourious.

Mini Bar in all the rooms.

Would certainly go back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Closenberg Hotel

Address: 11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
Price Range: £87 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closenberg was built by Captain Bayley in 1860 on top of a peninsula overlooking Galle harbor and the Indian Ocean. Since 1889 it belongs to the Perera Abeyewardene family and is today preserved as a heritage hotel. Large spacious halls, long verandas adorned with antique furniture and terraced gardens are in keeping with Dutch architecture. High ceilings resting on tall round columns and large louvered Teak doors set in arched doorways permit the flow of cool air. Alongside an experience of Sri Lanka's rich colonial past, we offer our guest a welcoming atmosphere, fine dining and an unparalleled view. Closenberg Hotel unique features are: The best location at the middle of Galle Harbor, Uninterrupted seaview from all our rooms, Direct access to beautiful sandy beach ideal and safe for surfing and swimming in all seasons, The unique and timeless elegance of an old Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel often copied but so hard to achieve, A sophisticated blend of service, tradition and cultural experiences Luna Terrace Bar Lounge is the funky trendy place to go and be seen in Galle. Great selection of cocktails, top brand spirits, tapas and fine cafe food. The new infinity pool overlooking the surf of Magalle Bay is a "must have experienced". Closenberg is the ideal gateway for enjoying the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka! ... more   less 
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